Much of the classical music composed in the 18th and 19th centuries – music for soloists and small ensembles – was not intended to be performed in large concert halls, as so often happens now. Rather, music such as Schubert’s songs and piano miniatures were originally performed ‘at home’ for a small circle of close friends. The intimate, informal context for performances of chamber music offered opportunities for social networking, which was particularly important to such 19th-century composer-pianists as Chopin, Liszt and Thalberg.
The idea of the Pushkin House Music Salon arose from a desire to profile and present chamber music by Russian and Soviet composers, works that are rarely heard in concert halls or recordings. We aim to nurture a fresh tradition of informal music-making, bringing people together in a relaxed setting where they can enjoy close proximity to the performers, and where socialising with a drink and chatting between pieces is encouraged. We also encourage our artists to engage with their audience - performances usually begin with an introduction to the music and the composer - and they are always delighted to speak to people afterwards.
Since our inaugural concert in October 2016 we have hosted performances by outstanding musicians from all over the world: Leeds International Piano Competition winners Anna Tsybuleva and Federico Colli played solo recitals, and Cliburn Junior Piano Competition winner Alim Beisembayev took part in the celebration of Prokofiev’s 125th anniversary last year. There have been performances by the Navarra Quartet, Royal College of Music professors Yuri Zhislin and Natalia Lomeiko and Guildhall School of Music and Drama professors Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva and prize-winning pianists Dinara Klinton and Sholto Kynoch, Maki Sekiya, and the sensational soprano Ilona Domnich.
Pushkin House is proud to bring classical music events of such calibre to you and we hope to see you at a Music Salon very soon.